I'm not a writer. I write, but I don't think of myself as a writer. You'd think a girl who got a degree in journalism and has a(n admittedly paltry) portfolio of published and non-published nonfiction would be a writer, but no.
But I'd like to be, I think. I'd like to be part of that process. It's enthralling.
And so, as a kind of first step in that direction, I'm going to write down why I'm not a writer now. The stupid excuses I have to get over before I can think of myself as fully realized adult and claim myself for what I want to be. My sister's the artist, my brother's the musician, and I'm the writer.
Is that self-absorbed enough to start? Good. It's about to get worse.
I need to be confident in my abilities. I can get through an interview without stuttering or making people think I'm a complete asshole; I need to stop thinking like I can't.
I need to believe in my own ideas. People read the boring shit I throw up here; surely even a half-researched and competently written story about not-me would be interesting to more people.
I need to stop thinking that the butterflies in my stomach give me an out.
I need to trust people. I missed a lot of opportunities in college because I wasn't willing to put myself out there.
I need to find a way to get the thoughts in my head out that doesn't involve waiting until I reach my destination. I also need to hope these ideas don't come out only to reveal themselves as crap.
I need to think of bedtime as flexible.
I need to value ideas and process over laziness.
I need to treat my blog as more than a schedule receptacle.
This isn't quite a to-do list, just a list of things I'm aware that I blame for my complacency.
Anything you want to know about? I'm accepting story requests. They can be anything that could be covered in a brief entry and wouldn't require press credentials to competently research.
It's an experiment I'm willing to try. Anyone else out there?